“Gavin Caldwell, captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, said, "I am delighted to welcome Sir Bob Charles as an Honorary Member of the Club.”
Excuse me but how come I got this news from Sky TV before it was seen in the New Zealand Herald or Stuff? Maybe it’s because the magnitude of Sir Bob’s victories are only remembered by very few of us.
Thanks for the memory
Sky TV news reminds us, “He has graced the sport for many years as one of its outstanding champions and has given back so much to golf by supporting development initiatives in his native New Zealand. Sir Bob has made a substantial contribution to the growth of golf throughout a long and successful career and thoroughly deserves this recognition."
And Sky continues, “The 80-year-old, winner of the Open at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 1963, said: "I am extremely proud and gratified to be invited to become an Honorary Member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club…Winning The Open was a tremendous part of my career and I have always had a huge affinity for the Championship and the wonderful links courses on which it is played. The club is at the heart of golf in St Andrews and it is a privilege to follow so many other great champions in becoming part of its history."
Lest we forget
The following is from Stuff dated July 11, 2013
“Even after 50 years, Sir Bob Charles espouses the same approach to golf that underpinned his British Open victory.
Reflecting on his unerring putting during the play-off against American Phil Rodgers on Saturday, July 13, 1963, Charles says he never felt overwhelmed by the situation.
"I have my own philosophies on the game," he says. "Firstly, it is a game and you're just out there trying to do the best you can. Two things are going to happen - you're going to win or you're going to lose. You're going to make putts and you're going to miss putts. The thing is you've got to take the good with the bad and move on."
That's something that Charles excelled at throughout his career, from when he won the New Zealand Open as an 18-year-old amateur in 1954, to his retirement from professional golf in 2010.”
Here’s the link to Sky News
http://www.skysports.com/golf/news/12176/10269863/sir-bob-charles-made-honorary-member-of-the-royal-ancient and to Stuff http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/golf/8902240/Sir-Bob-remembers-great-victory-50-years-on
Quote of the Day
"I came close to winning a major championship on several other occasions with three runner-up finishes and two third places in majors so in that regard to win at Lytham was obviously very special." – Sir Bob Charles
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